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FlorenceSC — Over 1,000 comic book lovers, artists and writers dressed up as their favorite superheroes and villains at the Florence Center. For many, Comic-Con serves as a day to let your alter ego run wild without judgment.

Power Comicon’s Steve Thompson said the event was one of unity breaking down age, gender and gender barriers.

“This is a big event for the community,” Thompson said. “People of all ages love cartoons and everyone wants the opportunity to share a different side of themselves and feel free.”

Thompson said the event is a no-judgment zone, giving people the opportunity to freely explore their imaginations.

“We’ve been away from each other for a long time because of COVID,” Thompson said. “We can come together as a community and it’s great to see everyone coming together from all ages, genders and genders.”

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For the first time since 2020, Power Comic Con had no limits.

Marion’s Zasha Bennett said she’s always been interested in comics and makes an effort to attend Comic-Con every year. She made her own costume for the event.

“I made this costume two years ago,” Bennett said. “I lived in North Carolina and was exposed to comics when I moved to Marion and continued my love of comics.”

Bennett played Hidan, a villain in the anime series Naruto.

“A lot of people don’t like hidan,” said Bennett. “That’s part of why I chose him, and I enjoy being seen as a villain.”

Allison McCarroll of Concord appeared dressed as a cloud. McCarroll said she attends Comic-Con every year because of the art, the vendors and the welcoming environment.

“I enjoy dressing up and being whoever I want,” she said. There are a lot of people out there, but it’s nice to find a community where you can make friends.”

Jeremy Miles from Florence is an author of Halloween-themed poems. Miles says October is his favorite time of the year and he’s transmuting October’s “dark” energy into something positive, he says.

“All my books are poetry,” Miles said. “I write more poetry in October than at any other time. I want to show people.”

Miles said he tries to convey through the book that hard times don’t always last.

“If something permeates, that’s all,” Miles said. “If there is contrast and you can tell the difference between darkness and light, you know that each is temporary.”

Miles said his poetry was neither profound nor philosophical, and contained simple truths. In his later years, he found himself blessed with a talent for writing, which he began to pursue. He attends Comic-Con as often as possible and enjoys the artistic atmosphere, he said.

Chris Hoffman, from Fayetteville, North Carolina, came dressed as Goku and said he identified with the character because of their similar personalities.

“I’m a humble goof,” Hoffman said. “Goku is just that. He also embraces who he is and has a positive energy.”

Hoffmann said he wants to embody that energy in his real life and tries not to let negative things get him down. I’m trying

Hoffman said he never misses Power Comic-Con.

Caleb Hanna of Florence said she wanted to come dressed as a maid and challenge social norms on gender roles.

“Today is the day I go out and dress exactly the way I want to,” Hannah said. I feel like I don’t have to stick to one particular thing.”

Hannah added that she studied psychology at Francis Marion University and aims to challenge the world and make everyone question the reasons for their actions.